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The angry ranting of an obscure, small-party politician, the first volume of Mein Kampf was virtually ignored when it was originally published in 1925. Likewise the second volume, which appeared in 1926. The book details Hitler's childhood, the "betrayal" of Germany in World War I, the desire for revenge against France, the need for lebensraum for the German people, and the means by which the National Socialist party can gain power. It also includes Hitler's racist agenda and his glorification of the "Aryan" race. The few outside the Nazi party who read it dismissed it as nonsense, not believing that anyone could--or would--carry out its radical, terrorist programs. As Hitler and the Nazis gained power, first party members and then the general public were pressured to buy the book. By the time Hitler became chancellor of the Third Reich in 1933, the book stood atop the German bestseller lists. Had the book been taken seriously when it was first published, perhaps the 20th century would have been very different. Beyond the anger, hatred, bigotry, and self-aggrandizing, Mein Kampf is saddled with tortured prose, meandering narrative, and tangled metaphors (one person was described as "a thorn in the eyes of venal officials"). That said, it is an incredibly important book. It is foolish to think that the Holocaust could not happen again, especially if World War II and its horrors are forgotten. As an Amazon.com reader has pointed out, "If you want to learn about why the Holocaust happened, you can't avoid reading the words of the man who was most responsible for it happening." Mein Kampf, therefore, must be read as a reminder that evil can all too easily grow.
Great Book but something unfortunate...
It appears this version is different than the original. The translation is off and many things have been blatently changed. Aweful! It's an amazing book from an amazing man. Yes I said amazing man. Hitler was gravely misunderstood and this book offers a penatrating look into his mind. Though this version isn't really worth a read. It's basically a different book than what HIter actually wrote. I give five stars to HItlers original work. If you know German and are interested do yourself a favor and get a copy of the original. You'll be shocked to find out he really wasn't a bad man at all. We're talking about a man who came to power and lifted his country out of debt, virtually eliminated crime and unemployment and did that all faster than has ever been done in modern times. History is written by the victor. Enough said.
Important, from a historical and sociological perspective.
Anyone who views this book as "evil" be warned: without understanding, prevention cannot come. There is nothing of real value in Mein Kampf - no gems of wisdom nor important values. What can be found, however, is a portrait of a lunatic - a lunatic so important that he changed the world forever. To prevent future atrocities, we must try to remove the demon-possession that is assumed, move past the stereotypes of "pure evil", and try to understand how the human psyche and morality can fail so horrifically.
For those who cannot read deutsch, this is a decent translation.
I am glad for freedom of speach
I give 5 stars just because you let me read it.
I am not rating this book based on Hitler's writing skills or his ego but for the opportunity to let me study history the way it was.
This book is in my "Democratic" country forbiden for "Propaganda of Nazism".
If you also think that you may turn into murderer after readin it,
you better buy a rope instead and go hang yourself.